Tag Archives: Education

How long before they move out?

The trend that many talk about is how millennials are remaining with their families longer. According to a recent Pew Report “In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more … Continue reading

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The lesson of the limes

“I’m so degraded, I owe at least a dozen limes.” Amy confesses. She is basically in a pickle, or perhaps more correctly out of pickles, pickled limes that is. She is deep into the fad of bringing limes to school … Continue reading

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Write about writing

When students from face the task of writing for state mandated test, there is always a few that want to vent their spleen by describing how much they hate to do this kind of writing. The hapless scorer must read … Continue reading

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Hiding the truth in plain sight

  “I don’t get it. It just about a bunch of animals, but the pigs are mean.” I still cringe when I hear students make comments like this. My own children were introduced to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, when they were … Continue reading

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Defining the portfolio

Do you regret the time lost with state mandated assessments? What if the products being assessed were actually part of the learning experience. That is one of the ideas behind the move to assess students through their portfolios. However, before … Continue reading

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The case for the case

Portfolio – a portable case for holding papers – a simple name for a collection of works into which a person has poured hours of deliberation and sweat. Today the portfolio is just as likely to be stored on a … Continue reading

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Too rigorous for creativity

Once, I heard a teacher speak on the frustration of getting gifted students past the hurdle of simply looking at events of a story to the devices that the author used in writing it and how that affected their views. … Continue reading

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Cross country classes

Working on training projects with teams members across the US and Canada gave me a  taste of the difficulty that occurs with on-line collaboration.  At first, I was reluctant to bother other team members except as required. However I soon … Continue reading

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Collaborative confusion

My husband related to me what happened when he accompanied our daughter into the establishment of an “exclusive” tea vendor. Her conversation with the clerk about variations of gyokuro, roibos, oolong and yerba left him bewildered; it was so much … Continue reading

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Videomania III

 What about the claims that I’ve heard? Instruction through video is supposed to be more engaging, save more time and promotes better learning that using traditional methods, such as lecturing or reading assignments. More engaging? Engagement level really depends on both quality and content of video. … Continue reading

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